Crushes on Fiction

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Contributors over at Huffington Post discuss five fictional characters that stimulated their pre-teen/teen sexual awakening, including Artemis from Artemis Fowl and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables:

When it comes to my sexual awakening in fiction, specific characters figure very little. A prose adaptation of The Odyssey for young adults (hot goddesses were always making Odysseus act as their sex slave); a copy of Catherine Coulter’s The Cove, a suspense novel with strong erotic elements, that was found on my parents’ shelf — odd books like that did the important work. But Gilbert Blythe, the love interest of red-headed Anne of Green Gables, was my romantic awakening.


Olivia Wetzel is a student taking time off to live and work in San Francisco. If she could be any animal, she’d be a penguin. She’s never eaten pepperoni before, and one of her feet is a whole size bigger than the other. More from this author →